DaVita Offers Patient Tips in Support of World Mental Health Day

Dialysis Provider Takes Holistic Approach in Caring for Patients

DaVita Offers Patient Tips in Support of World Mental Health Day

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®, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. (NYSE:DVA) and a leading provider of kidney care services, today shared tips for dialysis patients coping with life changes that might affect mental health in honor of World Mental Health Day, which is October 10.

“ serves as a reminder not only of caregivers who provide support but also of patients seeking help,” said Duane Dunn, national director of social work services for DaVita. “Dialysis patients face complex and sometimes challenging circumstances but with the support of their care team, family and friends they can overcome the obstacles and enjoy a high quality of life.”

DaVita reminds patients to use the resources at their center, particularly their interdisciplinary team. This care team includes their nephrologist, nurse, patient care technician, renal dietitian and social worker.

There are some recommended steps for patients coping with life changes associated with starting dialysis or switching to a new treatment method.

Depression can mimic the symptoms of many other illnesses. Only a qualified professional can make a diagnosis based on the description of symptoms.

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DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of June 30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,010 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 159,000 patients. The company also operates 48outpatient dialysis centers located in ten countries outside the United States. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit .